Blockchain can transform capital markets: Chairman of Australian Regulator

Greg Medcraft, Chairman, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University underlined the importance of blockchain and how they can transform the capital market.

In the speech, he cited four main points that he said, proved that blockchain has the capacity to help transform the capital market.

Continuing in the same vein, the Chairman said that blockchain stands for efficiency and speed and has in it the potential to automate the financial system which will cut down the time duration that is needed for transactions.

Secondly, he mentioned that blockchain by its very nature evokes trust as it eliminates the need for any intermediaries. This mistrust, he said, was a regular feature in the traditional market and due to this, the buyers and the sellers often look out for a third party to get the cushion of trust. But with blockchain being a decentralized ledger, this cushion is already available for those interested in the transactions.

Medcraft also said that blockchain has successfully reduced the transaction costs by doing away with the need to use settlement and registration systems and other intermediaries, and it created a way by which it was possible to reduce the transaction costs for investors

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